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Four FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers Open and Ready to Assist

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:11

WARREN, Mich. – Four disaster recovery centers are opening tomorrow to assist residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties who suffered damages and losses in the August 11-13 severe storms and flooding.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of New Mexico Declaration

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 21:50

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of New Mexico.

Assistance for the State, Tribal and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for New Mexico

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 21:48

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New Mexico to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 27 to August 5, 2014.

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Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas Receive FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 17:15

DENTON, Texas — Agencies in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas have received $412,267 in Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Houma, Louisiana Fire Department’s grant totals $28,595 and pays for smoke alarms, extinguishers and an inflatable fire house.

The grants in Oklahoma include:

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Southeast Michigan Residents Urged to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 15:21

WARREN, Mich. – Residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties who suffered damages to their dwellings in the Aug. 11-13 storms and flooding are encouraged to register for federal disaster assistance.

Insurance may cover some of the damage, but people may be missing out on additional assistance if they haven’t registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Until a resident registers for assistance, FEMA has no way of knowing who suffered damages or what people need to help in their recovery. Keep in mind:

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Volunteers Can Give Sandy-Stricken Towns, Taxpayers a Break

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:12

EATONTOWN, N.J. -- After Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey in October 2012, thousands of volunteers from across the nation came to the state to help affected shore towns.

That help was sorely needed and greatly appreciated by residents of these stricken communities. But the volunteers’ work had an additional benefit – these municipalities can receive credit for the hours put in by volunteers that translates into dollars saved on the costs of recovery – and that credit can be substantial.

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Pagers, Radios Awarded To Ambulance Company in Schuyler, NY - Federal Grant Adds Communications Gear and Replaces Borrowed Equipment

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:37

New York, NY -- Currently, the 25 members of Herkimer County’s volunteer Schuyler Ambulance Inc. learn of and respond to an emergency by means of five pagers and two portable radios, all borrowed from the Schuyler Volunteer Fire Company.  In addition, should dispatched members need to contact the county dispatch center or a hospital they must use personal cell phones or the single mobile radio phone in the ambulance, creating uneven reliability in their communications, as well as frequently interrupting patient care.

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Survivors of August Floods May Register by Phone or Online

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:10

WARREN, Mich. – Michigan residents affected by flooding Aug. 11 through 13 may now call or go online to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to state and federal officials. Aid is available to eligible applicants in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

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FEMA Region III Promotes Action for America's PrepareAthon!

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:18

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region III office in Philadelphia is encouraging the whole community to take action to prepare! It’s the end of National Preparedness Month and time to move from awareness to action on National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30th.

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Federal Aid Programs for Kentucky Declaration

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:58

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Assistance for the Commonwealth and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Kentucky

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:49

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of August 18-23, 2014.

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Review, Update Your Insurance Policies

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:48

EATONTOWN, N.J. -- September is National Preparedness Month, and the latter half of the year is an ideal time for people to review their insurance policies. Understanding the details of what specific policies cover and what the policyholder is responsible for after a disaster is important as both clients’ needs and insurance companies’ rules change.

Insurers’ decisions and legislative changes have the biggest effect on changes in policies. Consumers should make themselves aware of possible changes in these areas and know what to look for while reviewing their policies.

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FEMA Encourages Communities to Participate in National PrepareAthon! Day

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 17:14

 America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign Offers Simple, Specific Actions Americans Should Know and Practice to Prepare For a Disaster in their Community

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Calling All Mayors: Reduce Your Town’s Flood Risk, Insurance Costs through FEMA’s Community Rating System

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:27

EATONTOWN, NJ -- Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy, communities around New Jersey are still recovering from the damages inflicted by that historic storm.

The cost of cleaning up debris, clearing waterways and roads, repairing damaged sewer systems and other critical infrastructure, and rebuilding homes and businesses assaulted by wind and water is well into the tens of billions of dollars.

The idea that a storm like Sandy could happen again isn’t one we want to contemplate. But the fact is, not only could it happen again, chances are good that it will.

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Know Your Neighbors, Get Involved In Community Preparedness

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:16

EATONTOWN, N.J. – Whether you just moved into your neighborhood a week ago or you’ve lived there for 25 years, getting to know your neighbors has always been an important part of a functioning society. It can also be helpful in a crisis, because after a disaster occurs, the people in closest proximity to you – and the people who will be able to help you most immediately – are your neighbors.

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FEMA Awards $11 Million to Increase Preparedness Through the Continuing Training Grants Program

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:25

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today awarded six training grants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Continuing Training Grant (CTG) program totaling $11 million. These awards will result in trained and certified members of the whole community to include first responders, emergency managers, technical specialists, community leaders, and tribal and local governments, and it will help prepare them for all types of disasters. The period of performance for the FY 2014 CTG program is 36 months. 

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Michigan Declaration

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:20

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the state of Michigan.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Michigan

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:14

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Michigan and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding on August 11-13, 2014.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

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FEMA Unveils National Strategy to Strengthen Youth Preparedness

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:02

Ad Council, FEMA and Disney launch “Big Hero 6” PSAs to Encourage Emergency Preparedness for Kids

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Volunteer Fire Company in Rural NJ To Get New Turnout Gear

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:25

25 Firefighters on Duty 24/7 Year-Round in 50-Square-Mile District 

New York, NY -- “Eighty-four percent of our members have gear that is ten years old and the other 16 percent have no gear at all and are unable to receive training,” is the way Joseph Sterling, Captain of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, described the condition of his department’s personal protective equipment.  

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